European Parliament / The President : ACTA wrong solution to protect intellectual property. Press Release.
ACTA rejected by European Union vote. European Parliament has rejected the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, by a heady 478 to 39, with 146 votes abstaining.
While this doesn't mean ACTA can't become a reality elsewhere, it's a smack in the face for companies looking to crack down on internet-based copyright infringement. If ACTA had passed, its definition was so broad that it would mean the use of copyright images on websites could become an illegal act. Declaration of Internet Freedom. EU Commissioner Reveals He Will Simply Ignore Any Rejection Of ACTA By European Parliament Next Week. The day before the EU's International Trade committee (INTA) recommended that the European Parliament should reject ACTA, the EU commissioner with responsibility for the treaty, Karel De Gucht, had given a speech to its members, trying to win them over.
Although it was short, it turns out to be highly revealing about the European Commission's future ACTA strategy. Here's what he said: If you decide for a negative vote before the European Court rules, let me tell you that the Commission will nonetheless continue to pursue the current procedure before the Court, as we are entitled to do. Three Strikes Against ACTA In European Parliament Today. Three heavyweight committees in the European Parliament gave their voting recommendations on ACTA today.
All three gave the same recommendation: reject ACTA. This means that today, the European Parliament issued three very hard strikes against ACTA. EU urged to reject international anti-counterfeiting pact. ACTA and Fundamental Rights. Open Standards consultation needs you! Do you represent an SME?
Do you currently do business with government? Do you want to do business with government? On Tuesday, 24th April between 3:30pm and 5:00pm, we need you. Update Thursday 19th April: Eventbrite registration is now open On Tuesday, 24th April, between 3:30pm and 5:00pm (venue details can be found below), we are asking representatives of SMEs to come and talk to us about the Open Standards consultation. The consultation can be read in full online but we are aware that sometimes there just isn’t time to read pages of consultations. 1.
EU Parliament Will Vote on ACTA Without Delay! EU Parliament Will Vote on ACTA Without Delay! Brussels, March 27th 2012 - The EU Parliament refused to freeze the ACTA debate, and will not refer the agreement to the EU Court of Justice.
In a 21 to 5 vote plus 2 abstentions, the Parliament decided to stick to its calendar and will vote on ACTA in June, as originally planned. The Commission's technocratic manoeuvres have not stopped the Parliament, and the door remains open to a swift rejection of ACTA. After an eventful process where a minority of pro-ACTA MEPs used procedural arguments to delay a decision, the EU Parliament's "International Trade" committee refused to refer ACTA to the EU Court of Justice. Such a referral would have delayed for 18 months the final vote on ACTA. Respecting the original timetable, the rapporteur David Martin (S&D, UK) will now present a draft report to his colleagues on April 25th, 2012.
The INTA committee, as well as the other committees working on opinion reports, will also resume their works on this illegitimate agreement. 1. INTA - ACTA assessment.pdf. How the European internet rose up against Acta. Prime Minister Donald Tusk of Poland sent a letter to his fellow leaders in the EU Friday urging them to reject Acta, reversing Poland's course with the controversial intellectual-property treaty, and possibly taking Europe with them.
"I was wrong," Tusk explained to a news conference, confessing his government had acted recklessly with a legal regime that wasn't right for the 21st century. The reversal came after Tusk's own strong statements in support of Acta and condemnation of Anonymous attacks on Polish government sites, and weeks of street protest in Poland and across Europe. The seeming overnight success came after both years of work by European NGOs, and the spark of the Sopa/Pipa protests in America (which included Wired.com). Acta, or the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, is an international treaty that was negotiated in secret over the span of four years. Meanwhile, Acta was causing furor across Europe as thousands turned out from Slovenia to Sweden to Germany. How the European Internet Rose Up Against ACTA.
Prime Minister Donald Tusk of Poland sent a letter to his fellow leaders in the EU Friday urging them to reject ACTA, reversing Poland’s course with the controversial intellectual-property treaty, and possibly taking Europe with them.
“I was wrong,” Tusk explained to a news conference, confessing his government had acted recklessly with a legal regime that wasn’t right for the 21st century. The reversal came after Tusk’s own strong statements in support of ACTA and condemnation of Anonymous attacks on Polish government sites, and weeks of street protest in Poland and across Europe. The seeming overnight success came after both years of work by European NGOs, and the spark of the SOPA/PIPA protests in America (which included Wired.com). ACTA, or the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, is an international treaty that was negotiated in secret over the span of four years. Meanwhile, ACTA was causing furor across Europe as thousands turned out from Slovenia to Sweden to Germany. ACTA Protest / Anonymous Sweden.
ACTA Update VI. Subscribe to this blog About Author Glyn Moody's look at all levels of the enterprise open source stack.
The blog will look at the organisations that are embracing open source, old and new alike (start-ups welcome), and the communities of users and developers that have formed around them (or not, as the case may be). Contact Author Email Glyn Twitter Profile Linked-in Profile Yesterday, a disturbing story appeared on the German taz.de site: EU MPs have received thousands of emails from ACTA opponents.
Clearly, if true, that would be a shocking state of affairs. Media representative urges European Parliament to reassess ACTA to safeguard freedom of expression. Press/Blog. Stop ACTA & TPP! - Never use trade agreements to mess with the Internet! Act on Acta now if you care about democracy and free speech. Acta is the latest copyright enforcement scheme to cause alarm among digital activists.
Given its reach, this is understandable. The anti-counterfeiting trade agreement is, despite its name, effectively an international treaty that forces signatories to criminalise "commercial-scale" copyright and trademark infringement. Some of it covers knock-off merchandise, but most applies to the digital world as well. Many of Acta's provisions already exist in countries such the US and the UK – for example, it makes sure courts can block or take down infringing websites – and the idea is ostensibly to bring the rest of the world in line. However, some elements would go further than existing laws in most of the countries that sign up. European Commission : Trade : ACTA - Anti-counterfeiting Trade Agreement. Protection and enforcement of intellectual property are crucial for the EU's ability to stimulate innovation and to compete in the global economy.
Intellectual property rights (IPRs) (such as patents, trademarks, designs, copyrights or geographical indications) enable European inventors, creators and businesses to prevent unauthorized exploitation of their creations, and in return to get compensation for their investment. IPRs also offer guarantees to users (e.g., trademarks and geographical indications identify the origin of the goods concerned). Read more on the benefits of IP rights Trade and intellectual property in a nutshell IPR support creativity and innovation. EU trade policy and intellectual property One of the EU's objectives is to improve the protection and enforcement of IP rights in third countries.
In addition, the EU conducts different types of support actions: Current hot topics in Trade and IPR policy Links between IPR and development policies Transfer of technology. European Parliament ACTA study. Act on ACTA refers to a European Parliament Trade Committee commissioned study on ACTA (pdf). The study highlights problematic aspects of ACTA and makes recommendations (see below). According to the study, “unconditional consent would be an inappropriate response”, and “There does not therefore appear to be any immediate benefit from ACTA for EU citizens”. The study confirms ACTA goes beyond current EU legislation.
It recommends asking the European Court of Justice an opinion on ACTA. As a result, the INTA study’s recommendations do not provide a solution to all issues, nor do they describe the remaining issues in full. With regards to access to medicines, the INTA study concludes that adding some annotations will solve the problems. I’ll be Tweet-chatting next Monday, 30 January « Digital Agenda Commissioner – Neelie Kroes. European Union - Google+ - ACTA - Anti-counterfeiting Trade Agreement What is ACTA? … On transparency of the negotiation process: - The Commission negotiators continuously informed the public about the objectives and general thrust of the negotiations, since the first round (June 2008). - Summary reports were issued after every negotiation round. Since April 2010, the negotiating text that was being discussed, has been released.
This and other relevant information are available at DG Trade website: - Furthermore, the Commission organised four stakeholder conferences on ACTA (the first one took place on 23 June 2008, i.e. a few days before the first round of negotiations and the following ones respectively on 21 April 2009, 22 March 2010 and 25 January 2011, in Brussels) which were open to all - citizens, industry, NGOs and press. Bastille 2. How to act against ACTA. This page lists different ways to take action against ACTA right now and to learn more about this dangerous agreement.
ACTA is a multi-lateral trade agreement which threatens to change the Internet as we know it and puts fundamental freedoms at risk. The European Parliament will vote on ACTA this Wednesday July 4th and has the occasion to reject it once and for all. You will find on this page different ways you can act to defeat ACTA as a citizen. As a citizen, the main two things to do are:
Thousands march in Poland over Acta internet treaty. 26 January 2012Last updated at 15:40. Österreich unterzeichnet ACTA am Donnerstag. Das umstrittene Anti-Piraterieabkommen ACTA wird von Österreich am Donnerstag in Tokio vom österreichischen Botschafter in Japan unterzeichnet. Das bestätigte ein Sprecher des Außenministeriums am Mittwoch der futurezone. Der Ministerrat hatte das Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), das in den vergangenen Jahren weitgehend unter Ausschluss der Öffentlichkeit zwischen 39 Staaten ausgehandelt wurde, bereits am Dienstag beschlossen. ACTA and HR 1981 are the Next Major Privacy Threats. While SOPA and PIPA might be laying quietly for now, you can bet that they’ll rise again. For now, we have a couple of other targets to take down, Internet. The first, unfortunately, has been in the works since 2007. The Anti-Counterfeit Trade Agreement (ACTA) is an international treaty, of sorts, that can take away your Internet access.
H.R. 1981 (PDF link), the Protecting Children from Internet Pornographers Act of 2011 (PCIC), aims to have your entire Internet history recorded, saved and used against you. What's Wrong with ACTA Week. CPDP 2012 takes place during a significant stage of the revision of the EU legal framework on data protection, thus several panels will focus on the review and the latest legislative proposals. More than 20 panels will be organized on key issues such as geolocalization, e-identity and e-management, enforcement of copyright protection, surveillance in the workplace, accountability and communication of privacy. In addition, there will be workshops and special sessions on topics such as eDiscovery, privacy impact assessments and "privacy by design", smart metering and transborder data flows.
Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement. _acta_series_4_20120119. EU Council Quietly Adopts ACTA, By Hiding It In An Agriculture And Fisheries Meeting. At the end of last week, the Council of the European Union – which is where national ministers from each EU country meet to adopt laws and coordinate policies – had a meeting. A group of some 40 ministers for agriculture and fisheries signed off on a range of important matters, including: Total allowable catches (TACs) and quotas for 2012 Fishing opportunities for 2012 in the Black Sea Authorisation of four genetically modified varieties Aid for processed citrus fruit Welfare of animals during transport Vaccination against bluetongue Excess CO2 emissions from new cars Temporary reception of certain Palestinians Actually, there was another item, but from its penultimate position on the agenda it was clearly not really regarded as very important, and was just waved through.
Live Broadcast. Last Parliament Standing: Europe Final Stronghold Of ACTA Critics. Lawrence Lessig Extended Interview Pt. 1 - The Daily Show with Jon Stewart - 12/13. Lobbying’s Hidden Influence. The Privatization of Copyright Lawmaking. Copyright law strikes a balance between private rights and public interests. St10837-re01.en10. Say NO to ACTA. Acta-cemetery.jpg (JPEG Image, 6753x512 pixels) - Scaled (14%) Multilateral anti-counterfeiting trade accord signed in Tokyo. ACTA signed – EU deaf-mute. Will ACTA Be Killed in the EU?
Samstag wird ACTA beschlossen. Supports an ECJ opinion on ACTA. Deck.ly post by clarinette « TweetDeck. Leak: How EU prepares next ACTA “technical round”